Awards

POC has three awards for members who have made noteworthy contributions to the organization and our industry: the POC Ambassador Award, Harold Taylor Award and President's Award. The Ambassador and Harold Taylor Awards are presented annually while the President’s Award is given on a special merit basis.

Award Committee Policy and Procedure (PDF)

POC Ambassador Award

Colette Robicheau

Colette Robicheau – Organize Anything

Congratulations to Colette Robicheau who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Ambassador Award at the 2018 Conference.

Colette Robicheau started her business in 1999 with a strong belief in the importance of giving back and intentionally designated time for charitable work. Since then she has given countless hours within her community and professional affiliations.

She is co-founder and chair of the giving group 100 Women Who Care Halifax raising $415,000+ for charities. She is also the only Canadian on the 100 Who Care Global Alliance creating best practices for the 650 existing chapters and over 250 chapters in development.

Colette is a founding member and past chair of POC Nova Scotia Chapter and an inaugural education developer and facilitator for the TPO Education Program. She has served on the ICD board, numerous ad hoc committees, chaired two conferences and is an education mentor. Colette is also a Golden Circle member of NAPO and currently volunteers as an Ambassador welcoming and engaging new members.

The POC Ambassador Award was created to honour a POC member who gives back to other organizers, who is involved with his or her chapter and who devotes time and energy volunteering in the local community. Chapter members and members of the local community may nominate POC members who have made outstanding contributions in these areas.

The criteria for this award are as follows:

  • The nominee is a member in good standing of POC.
  • The nominee is involved in mentoring other organizers.
  • The nominee currently or has in the past volunteered in their POC chapter.
  • The nominee contributes his or her time and energy in the community.

The Award is presented during the POC Conference.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017 - Pauline Hoffman, Just In Time Solutions
  • 2016 - Kelly Hipkin, Organized Lives Ltd.
  • 2015 - Laura Kay, Laura Kay Organizing
  • 2014 - Elinor Warkentin, Goodbye Clutter!
  • 2013 - Stephanie Deakin, Re: Organized!
  • 2012 - Soraiya Kara, POSabilities Personal Organizing
  • 2011 - Wendy Hollick, Neat Spaces

Harold Taylor Award

Alison Lush

Janice Kirwin – Lighten Up!

Congratulations to Janice Kirwin who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Harold Taylor Award at the 2018 Conference.

Janice Kirwin has been a member of POC since November 2005 when she came to her very first conference and signed up the next week. A Gold Leaf Member, she has volunteered on many committees including Education, Ethics, Awards, Nominating and  spent 4 years on the National Board as a Director at Large and Vice President.

She has been an active member of her London and Area Chapter, volunteering many terms on their Executive, organizing community events and professional development days. She makes new members feel welcome and offers friendly business advice and subcontracts as much as possible to help them get the experience they need to be successful.

Her business – Lighten Up! – has been helping seniors and their families in life’s transitions; moving into retirement homes, long term care and estate clear-outs. She is passionate about helping her clients with compassion and understanding, she will hold their hand when they move, visit them in the hospital and help their children when they pass away. Her experience and training with Alzheimer’s and early stage dementia has been a blessing to help the never ending need for Seniors and their families during stressful times. She is very proud of her work and grateful for the opportunity to be working in this industry.

If you know Janice she loves to dance, especially ZUMBA and loves a cold glass of good Chardonnay.

During the first Annual POC Conference in 2001, the Board of Directors of POC was pleased to announce the inception of The Harold Taylor Award.

The Board of Directors created the award to recognize outstanding individual contribution, guidance and direction to the organizing profession, and for support of Professional Organizers in Canada. Each year, the Past President of POC assists a volunteer committee of between three and five POC members who agree to be responsible for the award process. Notice of the Harold Taylor Award is made to the membership on a yearly basis.

Members of POC are free to nominate their choice of one POC member whom they feel best exemplifies the mission of POC, and who by their actions has made a significant contribution to the field of organizing. The awards committee then selects the winner from amongst these nominations. Once the final choice has been made, the award is presented at the Annual Conference Gala Dinner.

The mission of Professional Organizers in Canada: Providing visibility, credibility and connection.

The award is an Inukshuk (in-uk-shook) sculpture created by artist R.Ellsworth. The Inukshuk is a monument created in the human image, which is erected in groups by the Inuit in the barren, treeless Arctic regions. The Inukshuk serves as a guide to give direction, to show the way and to say "I was" or "we were" here. The meticulously handcrafted replication is truly unique, as no moulds are used. Each component is randomly selected, and then the sculpture is erected piece by piece, just as the larger life version would be. This process ensures that each sculpture has its own identity.

History of the Harold Taylor Award (PDF)

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017 - Alison Lush, Certified Professional Organizer
  • 2016 - Linda Chu, Out of Chaos Organizing Services and Soraiya Kara, POSabilities Personal Organizing
  • 2015 - Carolyn Caldwell, Wellrich Organizers
  • 2014 - Jane Veldhoven, Get Organized Professional Services
  • 2013 - Clare Kumar, Streamlife®
  • 2011 - Kristie Demke, Organomics Professional Organizing
  • 2010 - Joel-Marc Goldberg, The JGAP Group
  • 2009 - Jane Woolsey, An Organized Vision
  • 2008 - Donna Campbell, Organize-etc
  • 2007 - Debra Milne, professionalorganizers.com
  • 2006 - Morva Bowman, Masters of Space and Time
  • 2005 - Estelle Gee, Orderly Lives
  • 2004 - Hellen Buttigieg, We Organize U
  • 2003 - Karen Sencich, Havoc to Harmony and Laurene Livesey-Park, OrganizeMe101.com
  • 2002 - Margaret Miller, TERAGRAM Coaching & Consulting Group
  • 2001 - Harold Taylor, Harold Taylor Time Consultants Inc.

President's Award

Marie Potter

Congratulations to Marie Potter who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Presidents Award at the 2016 Conference.

Marie Potter is one of the founders of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada where she shared free office space for POC meetings for many years. She was on the BCLM Executive in 2003 for 2 years and was instrumental in NOWeek marketing. A Silver Leaf Member, she has served on the POC National Board as the Director of Marketing since 2013. She is currently one of POC’s national spokespersons and holds a PMP certification.

Marie lead the Website Redesign Taskforce, Biz-Zone, AssociationsFirst and the French Translation team over a 2 year period to recreate the POC website. Today as a result of her outstanding contribution to POC and teamwork, POC enjoys a responsive, trend setting, concise and user-friendly website.

The President's Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to POC or the organizing industry not described under other award categories. The POC board President chooses the recipient. If there is a recipient, this award is presented at conference.

The POC board President selects the President's Award recipient based on the following criteria:

  1. The recipient is a POC general member;
  2. The recipient has made an outstanding/special contribution to POC.
  3. The recipient does not qualify to receive an award under any other award categories.

The award may not be presented every year as it is at the President's discretion. The Award is presented during the POC Conference.

President's Award Past Recipients

  • 2011 - Alexandra Ross, Organizing Wizard
  • 2008 - Jacki Hollywood Brown, J-organize